Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) has organised a training course „Identity theft. Legal aspects“.

Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) has organised a training course „Identity theft. Legal aspects“.

This training took place at MRU facility on 4-8 May of 2015 and was targeted on law enforcement agencies and expert in cybercrime prevention or investigation. Training was delivered by lecturer of MRU Marius Laurinaitis. This training course was developed and delivered in frame of the project “Lithuanian Cybercrime centre of Excellence for Training, Research and Education” under the Prevention of and Fight against Crime programme for 2007-2013 (ISEC).

Trainees were introduced with aspects on person identity and its authorisation, the main treats for identity data in cyber space, with concept of identity theft, the danger from ID theft and trends in such crime, the methods and forms applied in ID theft, legal regulation in the EU and in Lithuania, responsibilities of customers on protection of personal data, means and ways of prevention, legal definition of cyber information and electronic document.

The increase in Web services and online operations for various industries and public sector has led to an increase in different threats and malicious activities. Private and public services for customers are supplied in cyber space, the usage of social network are growing rapidly thereof the access and authentication the cyber identity is used. Cyber space covers more and more life spheres that will cause the growth in cyber identity use in the nearest future. In another hand, the cyber space is also attracting cyber criminals, cyber terrorists which need the fake or stolen identity for crime. Especially the stolen financial cyber identities are demanded, which are causing the largest financial damage.

Personal identity theft is one of the most violent crimes because the criminals may use personal data or data of personal life for illegal actions in various ways, these crimes may be hidden for some time and victims could not find out about made crime until it become too late.

Existing qualitative and quantitative surveys show that the presence of such preconditions for long-term latent identity thefts is widely spread in Lithuania. During this time, criminals should be able to hide themselves and destroy visible traces of crime, making law enforcement more difficult to detect and punish the perpetrators of these crimes.

Personal identity theft is increasing all over the world. Those countries that have not previously been confronted with this type of crime are now experiencing more damage, because there is a lack of skills, knowledge and tools to identify such crimes and investigate.

In addition, not all countries have the appropriate legal framework, for example, not all countries identity theft is recognized as a separate crime. It is treated as a criminal offense related to offenses such as, as a criminal act committed by using computer (s) as data confidentiality breach, security breach, unauthorized connection, fraud, misappropriation of intellectual property, and so on.

Such criminal investigations difficult and most global nature of the crime, and law enforcement authorities have to act together, requires close international co-operation, joint and coordinated action, common research methodologies and instruments.

Development of specific training programs for law enforcement agencies and cybercrime experts in close cooperation with the academic world is contributing to concentration of Lithuanian and foreign institutional efforts and knowledge.

The training course “Identity theft: Legal aspects” is developed by one of University of Lithuania – by Mykolas Romeris University – and could be use later not only for training of Lithuanian law enforcement agencies and experts, but after adaptation to local legal system in other EU countries too.

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